If you're a motorcycle rider in South Carolina, you may be wondering if you're required to wear a helmet while riding. The answer on how old you are. In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about wearing motorcycle helmets in South Carolina.
What is the Law Regarding Motorcycle Helmets in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, all motorcycle riders and passengers who are under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet that meets the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If you're over the age of 21 you can ride without a helmet.
Why Should You Wear a Helmet?
Even though the law allows riders over the age of 21 to go without a helmet, it's still a good idea to wear one. Helmets can protect you from serious head injuries in the event of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41% effective for passengers.
How to Choose the Right Helmet?
When choosing a helmet, it's important to pick one that meets the DOT safety standards. Look for a helmet that fits snugly and has a chin strap that can be adjusted. You should also consider the type of riding you'll be doing. If you're riding on the highway, you may want a full-face helmet that provides more protection. If you're riding in hot weather, you may want a helmet with good ventilation.
What Happens if You're in an Accident Without a Helmet?
If you're in an accident without a helmet and are injured, it could affect your ability to collect compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies may argue that you were partially at fault for your injuries because you weren't wearing a helmet. However, if you are over the age of 21 and not wearing a helmet, you can still get compensation because you aren't legally required to wear one.
In conclusion, while South Carolina law allows some riders to go without a helmet, it's still a good idea to wear one. Helmets can protect you from serious head injuries in the event of an accident. If you have any questions about motorcycle accidents or personal injury law, contact David Taylor Law for a consultation.